Comfortingly predictable, the change of days and seasons ushers in countless and enduring rituals – the setting and rising of the sun, the autumnal leaves' rustle, the frost and thaw, the newfound butterfly, the thriving sapling – and the reminder that once again, we ladies must quickly remove our leg, bikini, arm, underarm...and lower back hair...in order to rejoin the polished summer masses.
Two very effective methods are electrolysis and laser hair removal. Both require multiple treatments. The number of appointments needed is different for each individual. Be prepared for a time and financial commitment.
Electrolysis, the destruction of hair roots by an electric current, has been practiced since 1875. An electrologist inserts a fine needle into the hair follicle next to the hair shaft using a tiny amount of current.
Laser hair removal uses heat and energy to destroy the hair follicles without injuring the skin. Because the laser is targeting color, it’s most effective when there is more contrast between hair color and skin color.
Home hair removal methods are constantly improving. Here are some of the newer ones:
High Precision Facial Wax is new from Veet. It removes unwanted facial hair on delicate areas, including the eyebrows, upper lip and chin. The precision applicator tip allows for the control over the flow of wax. Apply the fabric strip over the wax and pull quickly in the opposite direction.
For the body, depilatory creams dissolve the hair just below the skin’s surface. Sally Hanson’s new Simply Smooth Hair Remover Creme is odorless and fast acting. Apply gently to skin, leave it on for a few minutes while in the shower and rinse off.
The Schick Quattro for Women TrimStyle is a dual razor which offers bikini trimming and shaving in one shower-safe product. One end features a shaving cartridge with four ultra-thin blades and a waterproof, battery powered trimmer on the other. Pair it up with Skintimate Signature Scents shave gel for a close shave. The new varieties moisturize with olive butter, Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5 and are available in Raspberry Rain, Tangerine Twist and Flirty Mango.
Veet’s Ready-to-Use Wax Strips for Legs and Body Sensitive Formula improve the at-home waxing experience dramatically. Each strip acts like a liquid during application, allowing it to grab hairs at different lengths – shorter ones, too! Rub the wax strip between your hands to warm it up. Apply to legs, bikini or underarm, then pull back on tab to remove and you’re good to go!